Friday, December 31, 2010

Sardar Hari Singh Nalwa..

Hari Singh Nalwa (1791-1837), celebrated General of Maharaja Ranjit Singh, was born in April 1791, at Gujranwala, now in Pakistan, to Gurdial Singh, an Uppal Sikh of the Sukerchakia Misl. 

Hari Singh Nalwa, “the general of Ranjit Singh’s army was said to weigh near 250 kgs. He was the strongest man in the universe. Once, he slapped a man and his head got dislocated from his shoulder. 

Hari Singh Nalwa built around 2500 gurudwaras in Punjab, under the patronage of Maharaja Ranjit Singh. Maybe about 800 it could be less exist, Across pakistan ex-gurudwaras have been converted into schools, jails, homes and suchlike. The religion was almost wiped out from pak when the partition of India took place.

Hari Singh Nalwa Attacks on Pathans on 12:00 Clock(morning evening don't know), thats why people says Sardaron ka time ho gaya hai 12 baj gaye hai.

The person standing on left side is believed to be S.Hari Singh Nalwa

In 1804, Hari Singh participated in a recruitment test for service in the Sikh army and so impressed Maharaja Ranjit Singh with his skill at various drills that he was given an appointment as a personal attendant. Not long after, in 1805, he received the commission with a command of 800 horses and foot and was given the title of 'Sardar' (Chief).
A historical text tells us that his rapid promotion from a personal attendant of the Maharaja to a command of 800 horsemen was owed to an incident in which he had cloven with sword the head of a tiger which had seized him. From that day he came to be known as "Baaghmaar" (meaning - the tiger killer), and earned the title of "Nalwa" (one with claws, like that of a tiger). Another historical text describes his incident with the tiger differently, telling us that he was already a Sardar when the word "Nalwa" was added to his name after he, "had killed a tiger single-handed on horseback, with the sacrifice, however, of his horse." 
Hari Singh went on to participate in many glorious victories of the Sikhs before becoming the Commander-in-Chief of the army along the North Western Frontier of the Sikh Kingdom. He was appointed Governor of various provinces and was one of the wealthiest jagirdars of the Kingdom.

It is said that if he had the resources equall to Alexander then he would have conquered the entire world.

He is surely one of the bravest soldier, General and Leader of India.

The bravest of the Sikh Generals, the man with the terror of whose name Afghan mothers used to quiet their fretful children .

Salute to the Great General of India.